## Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

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# Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

``````proc freq data=have order=freq ;
tables var1/list missing out=var1_freq;
run;

``````

The proc freq above outputs by descending order of frequency of var1.

I need the opposite, which is by ascending order.

And the output only gives the frequency and percentage. How can I get the cumulative freq and cumulative percentage as well? These two should vary depending on how you order the var1.

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‎08-31-2017 02:29 PM
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## Re: Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

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Editor's Note: The documentation for PROC FREQ defines the ORDER=FREQ option as the descending frequency count. Unfortunately, there is not an option to make this ascending. Other procedures, such as PROC REPORT, define ORDER=FREQ as the ascending frequency count. However, given that the cumulative statistics are also desired, the PROC FREQ and DATA Step solution provided by @ballardw is best for this case.

Example input data and desired output will go a long way toward reducing suggestions that do not answer non-specified requirements. Your first post is change the order. And suggestions follow. After that you request that the cumulative totals be reordered, not in the initial post.

And when you start getting into non-standard behaviors then you get to do a little more work. Not much. Please see:

```proc freq data=sashelp.class noprint;
tables age / out=agefreq;
run;

proc sort data=agefreq;
by count;
run;

data want;
set agefreq;  cumcount + count;
cumpercent + percent;
run;```

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## Re: Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

to get the cumulative frequency and cumulative percent please mention OUTCUM in the tables

proc freq data=have order=freq ;
tables var1/OUTCUM list missing out=var1_freq;
run;

to sort the data by ascending frequency, use proc sort

proc sort data=var1_freq;
by count;
run;

Thanks,
Jag
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## Re: Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

Sorting after the proc freq won't work because the cumulative frequency is not 'sorted' accordingly.
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## Re: Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

you could also mention the cumulative frequency variable in the proc sort depending on how you want to sort the data after proc freq
Thanks,
Jag
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## Re: Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

The cumulative frequency is calculated based on how the sorting is done. Sorting after won't do because the cumulative frequency no longer reflects the table properly.
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‎08-31-2017 02:29 PM
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Posts: 13,358

## Re: Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

[ Edited ]

Editor's Note: The documentation for PROC FREQ defines the ORDER=FREQ option as the descending frequency count. Unfortunately, there is not an option to make this ascending. Other procedures, such as PROC REPORT, define ORDER=FREQ as the ascending frequency count. However, given that the cumulative statistics are also desired, the PROC FREQ and DATA Step solution provided by @ballardw is best for this case.

Example input data and desired output will go a long way toward reducing suggestions that do not answer non-specified requirements. Your first post is change the order. And suggestions follow. After that you request that the cumulative totals be reordered, not in the initial post.

And when you start getting into non-standard behaviors then you get to do a little more work. Not much. Please see:

```proc freq data=sashelp.class noprint;
tables age / out=agefreq;
run;

proc sort data=agefreq;
by count;
run;

data want;
set agefreq;  cumcount + count;
cumpercent + percent;
run;```

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## Re: Descending order frequencies in proc freq (order=freq)

Agree on providing the desired output. But I explicitly mentioned that the cumulative totals should be reordered according to the sort. So it was in the initial post.

Otherwise I'm quite surprised that PROC FREQ can't have an option for that?
Furthermore, it's more common to perform cumulative frequency in ascending order as oppose to descending order. So I would expect that PROC Freq has a much simpler code for this.

Nothing like this for example?
proc freq data=sashelp.class order= DESCENDING freq ;
tables age/OUTCUM list missing out=agefreq2;
run;
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